Monthly Archives: December 2017

From where the palms grow

Photo | Raúl Abreu

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New Year 2018: Let us together defend the rights of all, Uphold freedom of speech as a human right and Make Canada a zone for peace!

– Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), January 1, 2018 –

On the occasion of the New Year 2018, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its revolutionary greetings to the working people of Canada and the world.

Along with all Canadians and the peoples everywhere, we enter the New Year conscious of the grave dangers that lie ahead. The period of retreat of revolution, ushered in when the Cold War and the bi-polar division of the world ended nearly 30 years ago, is accompanied by the institutionalization of an all-pervasive counter-revolution. This has given rise to a particular historical juncture where the old forms hitherto known to humankind have passed away and new forms consistent with the requirements of the times have yet to be brought into being. Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – December

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of December, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – November

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of November, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – October

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of October, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Extreme weather, extremist governments

The social effects of extreme weather for the homeless, the poor, the elderly and the colonized, in the cities and on the roads; the abnegation of social responsibility and the public interest by the media and governments shows the need for empowerment. “When tragedies do occur, the monopoly media focuses on the technical mechanics of the disaster, excluding who should be held accountable, how the concerns and campaigns of the community were dealt with or ignored, and the response of the public bodies” | TONY SEED

(December 30, updated January 5) – According to the CBC, the main “news” and social consequences of the record extreme cold weather seems to be the status of outdoor civic New Year’s parties, the condition of the ice on a short-term, multi-million dollar outdoor rink erected on Parliament Hill, polar bear dips, and an outdoor World Junior hockey game between Canada and the U.S. in Buffalo on Friday December 28th.

A fiery crash of a tractor trailer truck on the QEW (pictured above) that shut down the Niagara bound lanes near Bartlett Ave. in Grimsby was reported merely as a freak obstacle or an inconvenient “long delay” to the many Canadians heading to the game. While no one was hurt this time, the damage to the highway was extensive and will take time to repair.

One CBC anchor, Hanna Thibodeau, joked with meteorologist David Phillips as to whether Russia was to blame for the Arctic front.

In seeming contrast, CBC published on December 29 a long photo feature titled “Toronto has officially frozen over. See it here in all its icy glory” highlighting the beauty of a nature that is benign. The kicker called on readers to “Take in the stunning sights of the city during the deep freeze.” (The photos were submitted.)

As 2017 ends, the working people face a media onslaught about what is going on in Canada and around the world, of which the weather occupies one sphere. We think that a sober approach going into 2018 is of importance.

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Snow squalls, snow fences and the privatization of highways: ‘It is time to draw a line in the snow’

A lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on Feb. 27. Lake effect squalls are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400 yesteday.

An awesome lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on February 27, 2014. Lake effect squalls from Georgian Bay are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400.

The following reflection was written on February 28, 2014 but for some reasons was not published at the time. I am posting it now in the midst of the extreme cold weather front that is gripping Canada and the United States.

The view from Blantyre

By TONY SEED

WHEN extreme weather event strikes, the reporting of the media proceeds from the premise of the insurance companies: it is a supernatural “act of God,” a natural disaster divorced from the social conditions made by man. It has become a genre and given a name – disaster journalism. It was all so “unexpected.” Hurricane Katrina? Just blew in suddenly from the Gulf. That ice storm in Atlanta? The weather suddenly shifted upstate in the morning. That tsunami in the Indian Ocean? No-one at the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii had the phone number of the Sri Lanka president and hence the island received no warning. Thousands of people, mainly poor fishers, along the eastern and southern coastline were engulfed by the deep blue sea, as if an act of Buddha. Due to the large number of victims, that far-off disaster did make the evening news. These were not “accidents”; natural disasters became crimes. Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – September

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of September, 2017, it points out:

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – August

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of August, 2017, it points out:

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – July

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of July, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – June

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of June, 2017, it points out:

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – May

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of May, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Maritime workers take action to oppose Trudeau government’s anti-national Preclearance Act

“We are Going to Have to Fight It Through the Regulations” — Interview, Rob Ashton, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Canada

 

Maritime Workers at the port of Vancouver as well as ports throughout the country have been standing up to the Trudeau government’s Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States. This legislation expands “preclearance,” a process for clearing customs of the destination country before leaving the country of origin, from select airports in Canada to land and water crossings. It permits preclearance of cargo in Canadian facilities by U.S. agents, and authorizes them to carry weapons and detain, search and use force against Canadians within those facilities. Continue reading

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Sighting. The snowflake photographer

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – April

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual, month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017. The review includes hundreds of photos. Characterizing the month of April, 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – March

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous People in 2017. Characterizing the month of March 2017, it points out: Continue reading

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Who owns Amtrak?

The name Amtrak comes from a combination of “American” and “track.” The USA does not have a national passenger rail system, let alone a publicly-owned system.

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) is a government-owned corporation established as a product of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, to provide intercity passenger train service throughout the United States. It was created by the Richard Nixon presidency largely to protect the private railroads (today’s Class I freight railroads) from their obligation of having to run money-losing passenger routes. The U.S. government owns the preferred stock while private rail companies, including Canadian Pacific and Canadian Rail, own the common stock. Later the Congress stripped preferred shares of voting rights and any liquidation preference, effectively leaving common shareholders in control. Curiously, there has never been a shareholder’s meeting. Continue reading

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‘America First’: Washington train disaster shows grim reality of Trump’s concept of ‘security’

The abnegation of social responsibility by the US government and media | TONY SEED

This morning a train went off the tracks while crossing a highway bridge in Washington State. Train cars can be seen teetering off of the tracks and curling onto the highway on one side and a forested area on the other. Washington Gov Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, noting in his proclamation “significant structural damage to the overpass, railway and highway infrastructure” and saying the combined effects of the derailment and road closures amounted to a “public disaster”. In a separate statement he called the derailment a “serious and ongoing emergency,” saying his office was still gathering information from Amtrak. Seventy-seven people have reportedly been hospitalized while the number of fatalities is being described as “multiple.”  Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – February

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec in 2017. Characterizing the month of February, 207, it points out: Continue reading

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Sighting. 2017 Photo Review – January

For a Modern Canada that Defends the Rights of All – All Out to Build the New!

TML Daily, the online newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is posting its acclaimed, annual month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people of Canada and Quebec in 2017. Characterizing the month of January, 207, it points out: Continue reading

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Plans for redrawing the Middle East: The project for a ‘New Middle East’

This article first published by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya* in November 2006 is of particular relevance to an understanding of the ongoing process of destabilization and political fragmentation of Iraq, Syria and Yemen

“Hegemony is as old as Mankind…”  –  Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor

The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was credited by the Western media for coining the term) in replacement of the older and more imposing term, the “Greater Middle East.” Continue reading

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Winston Churchill sent the infamous Black and Tans from Ireland to Palestine

The Balfour Declaration’s purpose was to form a “little loyal Jewish Ulster in a sea of potentially hostile Arabism”, according to Ronald Storrs, “the first military governor of Palestine since Pontius Pilate” (his words). Not everything went to plan… | DAVID CRONIN*

“The Birth of the Irish Republic” by Walter Paget

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When Britain turned Palestine into a ‘second Ireland’

“In practice, the British authorities drew no real distinction between combatants and civilians. The activities of Israel today bear a strong resemblance to those of Britain. As part of efforts to erect a smokescreen around its crimes in Gaza, Israel has designated that whole territory as ‘hostile’.”

British General Bernard Montgomery supported extreme violence against the Irish and the Palestinians. Acclaimed as a military commander – he was chief of imperial general staff in the British Army during World War II – by governments, media and historians alike, “in truth, Montgomery was a thug.” | DAVID CRONIN* Continue reading

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A wider world of war: Under Trump, US Special Forces deployed to 149 countries in 2017

US President’s first year sets record for deployment of elite forces overseas. The countries include “independent” Canada (see map below) | NICK TURSE in TomDispatch*

"However, with special ops deployments rising above Bush and Obama administration levels to record-setting heights and the Trump administration embracing the use of commandos in quasi-wars in places like Somalia and Yemen, there appears to be little interest in the White House or on Capitol Hill in reining in the geographic scope and sweep of America’s most secretive troops."

“However, with special ops deployments rising above Bush and Obama administration levels to record-setting heights and the Trump administration embracing the use of commandos in quasi-wars in places like Somalia and Yemen, there appears to be little interest in the White House or on Capitol Hill in reining in the geographic scope and sweep of America’s most secretive troops.” | AFP / Getty Images

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger. Graham and other senators expressed shock about the deployment, but the global sweep of America’s most elite forces is, at best, an open secret. Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: The MBS-Blackwater marriage of convenience

By GHASSAN KADI*

Saudi Arabia – a mother of terrorism

The royal Saudi coup of Mohamed Bin Salman – commonly known as MBS – is still in the making and its stories of mystery and intrigue are unfolding.

Some recent articles written about this unprecedented Saudi development have focused on whether or not MBS was actually desirous of instigating reform within the kingdom of sand and capable of putting together the infrastructure that made such reform possible and how. Other more cynical articles have cast little doubt on his ability to create any change and classified him as yet another puppet of the legacy that his grandfather King Abdul Aziz, the founder of the Saudi dynasty, has forged with the West. In between the two extremes, many perhaps waited in anticipation to see what was to happen next in the now quick-changing kingdom that did not change at all in essence for nearly a hundred years. Continue reading

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For the record: Who owns Jerusalem (al-Quds)?

Sultan Abdul Hamid II | Pinterest

There are 171,306 deeds recorded in 46 registries of Jerusalem in Ottoman archive records. Of these, 133,365 are private property and 37,671 belong to foundations. In addition to this, Turkey’s archives also have records of Jerusalem between the hijri years 950 and 1917.

Among the records of private property were 139 deeds belonging to Sultan Abdul Hamid II, 137 of which were transferred to the treasury in the past. Continue reading

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For the record regarding Jerusalem (al-Quds)

US president Donald Trump has declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and even “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invokes the bible in hailing Trump’s outrageous declaration. Continue reading

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International Human Rights Day, December 10: The fight for rights requires modern definitions

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration, the most translated document in the world, is available in more than 500 languages.[1]

Today, those who have usurped power by force are trampling rights in the mud as never before. They can do so because they control power and exercise it in their favour. They use this power to deprive people of an outlook which they can use to guide their lives. One way this is done is by defining rights on a civil basis according to which rights have “reasonable limits” and can be given and taken away. Civil rights are granted today in the same way that privileges were granted or denied by the ruling powers in medieval times. Continue reading

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Sighting (photo supplement): Hands off Jerusalem! Affirm the rights of the Palestinian people!

The Palestinian people have risen in a mighty storm, supported by the peoples of the world, against the declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. considers Jerusalem (Al Quds) to be the capital of Israel. We stand as one with the heroic Palestinian people and their resistance to the Zionist occupation and U.S. attempts to control the affairs of all peoples or destroy what they cannot control. Strikes and days of rage are underway across Palestine, with courageous men, women and youth confronting the Israeli Occupation forces. Solidarity protests are being held outside U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. Join In! Continue reading

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Centenary of the Halifax Explosion: Time to disturb the sleep of the unjust

Act of God, the harbour pilot, the navy?

The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue

John Griffith Armstrong
(Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002)
Hardcover, 256 pp, 6 x 9 inches, 16 b/w photos, maps
Index, Bibliography and Chapter end-notes
ISBN 0-7748-0890-X
$39.95
New in Paperback: July, 2003
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